Sunday 15 September 2019

Micheal Martin hits out at Gerry Adams over '30 years of death and destruction''

Gerry Adams TD Picture: Collins
Gerry Adams TD Picture: Collins
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has hit out at Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams accusing him of leading a movement that supported “30 years of death and destruction and mayhem” in Northern Ireland.

Last night the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis passed a resolution ruling out any future coalition with Sinn Féin.

Mr Adams this morning said he was “bemused” at the Fianna Fáil move and he said it’s “no surprise” Mr Martin doesn’t want Sinn Féin in government.

He argued that this is because “For nearly 100 years, both they and Fine Gael have run the state in their interests, the interests of elites, and not the interests of citizens.”

Mr Martin responded to Mr Adams’s remarks saying: “we’d readily compare Fianna Fáil’s record in politics with his record over the last 50 years any day.”

He said that Mr Adams’ is the leader of a movement that “supported and endorsed violent action”, citing three decades of “death and destruction and mayhem and wrecking the Northern Ireland economy”.

Mr Martin argued that Mr Adams is “in no position to criticise or to try and compare himself in a benign manner with any other political party on this island.”

Fine Gael chairman Martin Heydon today claimed that Fianna Fáil’s resolution ruling out coalition with Sinn Féin is “not worth the paper it is written on”.

He said: “We all know what will happen when it comes to the crunch; Fianna Fáil would do a deal with Sinn Féin and the devil himself if it meant getting back into power.”

Mr Martin described these comments as “silly talk”.

He said he demonstrated his “bone fides” on pre-election commitments last year when he didn’t go into government with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin.

Mr Martin said that Fine Gael are “desperately trying to put Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin in the same corner.”

“I and the party have resolutely dismissed that out hand and Fine Gael are very disappointed about that for their own political playacting,” he added.

“I’ve made it clear in my position as leader of Fianna Fáil in relation to Sinn Féin on a consistent basis,” Mr Martin said.

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